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Who we are
Minnesota’s Bookstore operates as a centralized publishing house for state agency products sold to the public. Located in St. Paul’s new Williams Hill Business Center near Lafayette Park, Minnesota’s Bookstore sells a wide variety of products including Revisor of Statute books (statutes, rules, and session laws), law and rule extracts for selected professions, state and international building codes, maps (highway, lake depth, bikeway, county, public recreation), reports, forms, guides, directories, state flags and decals, posters, nature & wildlife books, and selected gift items with a Minnesota theme.
Minnesota’s Bookstore offers several convenient purchasing options for customers – the retail store is open from 8 am – 3 pm Monday – Friday. Customers can also purchase by mail, phone, FAX, and through this web site.
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Minnesota’s Bookstore receives no legislative appropriation and operates as a business in a government setting, generating income through the sale of its products to customers from all over the world. The bookstore has a long track record of successful publishing partnerships with nearly all State of Minnesota agencies (one of its products was a Minnesota Book Award winner in 2000) and is also known for its long-term financial and customer service success.
With sales, marketing, retailing, distribution and warehousing systems already in place, Minnesota’s Bookstore is an excellent resource for selling and distributing publications and other materials produced by state, local, and federal government agencies. Forming a distribution partnership with Minnesota’s Bookstore allows agencies to refer requests to the bookstore rather than using their own resources to store, handle, display, and distribute products.
Minnesota’s Bookstore is also responsible for two other products lines – publishing the State Register, the official State of Minnesota publication, and making public licensing data available to the public.
Minnesota law requires that names and addresses of individuals or organizations licensed by the State of Minnesota be made available to the public. Since 1982, select mailing lists have been sold by the bookstore’s Mailing List Service. Lists are typically used to promote educational opportunities for license holders who must complete continuing education, verify licensure, recruit employees, promote products and services, conduct research, and reach selected license holders for the purpose of promoting political campaigns, absentee voting, or for issue-oriented mailings. Because most purchasers of these mailing lists use the information to generate income for themselves or their businesses, the Department of Administration has supported the concept of these lists being sold at market value. In this way, the cost of providing the information is paid for by users, not State of Minnesota taxpayers, representing wise public policy.